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Pan de Azúcar National Park

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Pan de Azúcar National Park, The Garden of the Camanchaca

One hundred kilometers north of Caldera, Pan de Azúcar National Park is a magical place situated on a coastal bluff perched 800 meters above the beach and nourished by the dense fog called the camanchaca that rolls in from the sea. When evening falls, the fog brings moisture to the low-lying cacti and shrubs that flourish among the dark ochre rocks.

On the coast itself, you can enjoy rocky beaches with turquoise waters that are great for swimming, fishing and snorkeling. At Caleta Pan de Azúcar, you can hire a boat to take you to Isla Pan de Azúcar, or visit Playa Blanca and Playa Los Piqueros to fish, snorkel or observe the local flora and fauna.

The park's close to 40,000 hectares include Isla Pan de Azúcar, Las Chatas Islets and the Las Mariposas rock formations. You can visit the park's archeological sites or get a close up view of animals such a foxes, vicuñas and Humboldt penguins, a colony of which inhabits the park. The park is also a great place for hiking and mountain biking.

North of the park, the National Forest Service (CONAF) has set up a lookout point from which you can see the surrounding landscape and the animals that live there. And at the mouth of El Castillo Ravine, you can find curious species of cacti and even, if you are lucky, some passing vicuñas.


Featured Destinations

aBahía Inglesa

bPan de Azúcar National Park
cHumboldt Penguin National

dOjos del Salado


Getting There

en avion
By Air
Flights from Santiago to Copiapó's Desierto de Atacama Airport take 1.5 hours. The airport is 50 km northwest of the city. It is 714 km from Copiapó to Chañaral, and a good portion of the highway that runs between these two towns (Route 5) follows the coast.
By Bus
From Santiago to Chañaral (14 h).
Buses leave from:
Terminal Los Héroes: Located at the corner of Tucapel Jiménez and Alameda, close to Los Héroes Metro Station. Several companies offer service to northern Chile. Phone: (56-2) 420 0099
Terminal San Borja (formerly Terminal Norte): Locatd at San Borja and Alameda, close to Estación Central. This terminal provides service to northern destinations and within the Metropolitan Region. Phone: (56-2) 776 0645
en auto
By Car
Take Route 5 north from Santiago to Chañaral (976 km), then Route C-120 to the park, 27 km away.




When to Go From Bahía Inglesa Environmental Information Center
Any time of year is a good time to visit this destination. The Park is administered by the National Forest Service (CONAF) and contains an archeological museum, with basic services such as lodging and food nearby. If you are already in Bahía Inglesa, a visit to Pan de Azúcar National Park is an attractive outing. The road north to the town of Chañaral (30 km from the park) runs mostly along the coast. This center is located within the park and offers talks on the park's ecosystem, flora and fauna, as well as guided excursions.


Lodging and Camping Entry Fee
The park offers several camping areas complete with washrooms. These are: Playa Piqueros, El Soldado, Caleta Pan de Azúcar, Caleta Centro El Faro and Norte Mirador. Campsites are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. The park also has four cabins that can sleep 6 people each (bring your own sheets). The campsites are operated by concession holders and have rates that vary with the seasons. Cabin reservations can be made through the CONAF Website, www.conaf.cl. CONAF charges a modest entry fee that is used for conservation efforts.




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